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MariaDB and MySQL Authentication Bypass Exploit

geekopus Re:holy motherfucking cheetah (73 comments)

Wow. If I hadn't seen that, I would not have believed it. What a jerk!

more than 2 years ago

Samba 4 Enters Beta

geekopus Re:Big shoutout to Tridge and the whole Samba team (170 comments)

This is about much more than just the filesystem. You can run a full-on AD controller now, complete with group policies, etc. It really is a drop-in replacement for most of Active Directory does.

more than 2 years ago

FreeBSD 10 To Use Clang Compiler, Deprecate GCC

geekopus Re:in other words (711 comments)

You're not going to end up as some freedom fighter in a post-apocalyptic future where end users can't control their software. You're just a nerd at a computer. There are no "stakes".


These people are insane and have little-to-no sense of perspective.

more than 2 years ago

Only 22% of California 8th Graders Pass National Science Test

geekopus Re:Maybe not a bad thing (580 comments)

grr.... "I used to be the type to think..."

more than 2 years ago

Only 22% of California 8th Graders Pass National Science Test

geekopus Re:Maybe not a bad thing (580 comments)

/not sure if serious......

But, if you are, I'd say you actually have a good point. Probably less than 22% of those educated in the California public school system will actually go on to USE basic science in any meaningful way. That same principle could be applied to any other public or private school system.

I used to the type to think that educating every single person in every single subject was a good idea, but as I've gotten older, I'm not so sure of that anymore. Trying to expect every student to be above average (yes, that's impossible) in every subject is simply a demoralizing exercise, and my personal belief is that it causes kids to have either a) unrealistic expectations of what "successful" means or b) they are utter failures at everything they try.

more than 2 years ago

Amiga Returns With Lackluster Linux-Powered Mini PC

geekopus Re:It goes without saying (343 comments)

They weren't emulating the Amiga. They were emulating Commodore. Looks like they nailed it too. Very Commodore-like..... :-)

more than 2 years ago

Scientists Say People Aren't Smart Enough For Democracy To Flourish

geekopus Re:Not smart Enough? (1276 comments)

Easily the most racist thing I've ever seen on Slashdot. Assuming you're serious.

more than 2 years ago

Is It Time For NoSQL 2.0?

geekopus Re:Why not both? (164 comments)

I've not used a NoSQL system (meaning I'm *perfectly qualified to speak*! :-) ), but I would assume that there are abstraction libraries that can apply ORM type mapping on these things.

My co-workers think I'm nuts, but I have for years said that I would only use stored procedures, triggers, functions, what-have-you when I absolutely have no other choice. The reason is that it smears application logic into your database, which most of the time means that all of the fancy, gee-whiz tools you use to write, maintain, version and otherwise manage your code are nearly useless. It's also more difficult to scale that code (you can make copies for sure, but if you've ever had to do change management on a sizable Oracle cluster, for example, it can be painful).

Scaling application logic across cheap hardware is also easier than scaling your database.

So, for me, assuming that I have access to an abstraction layer, I can't see a downside (apart from strict ACID compliance) to a NoSQL system.

My $0.02. And I've been called a crochety old man before, so if you disagree with me you wouldn't be the first. :-)

about 2 years ago

Spotted Horses May Have Roamed Europe 25,000 Years Ago

geekopus Re:It never ceases to amaze me... (87 comments)

GP is right though: The fact that there were drawings should have tipped them off that maybe their analysis was incomplete, rather than drawing the unwarranted conclusion of "Well, they must have just made them up".

This is the scientific equivalent of those idiots that drive off of cliffs because of what their GPS tells them rather than what they see with their own two eyes.

more than 2 years ago

Occupy Wall Street Protests Go Global

geekopus What's the alternative? (944 comments)

I'd love to see something better, but the rhetoric sounds a WHOLE lot like the Bolshevik revolution in Russia. How'd that work out?

In fact, as often as it's been tried, none of them have worked out.

Listen, I understand that you're mad, but you have to provide a solid alternative. Those who do not know history are doomed to repeat it, and no matter how badly you want something to not be so, still it remains. These revolutions have a history of plunging their respective people into the dark ages.

about 3 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro For a Newbie

geekopus Re:Ubuntu + VMWare Player (622 comments)

You know, I'm really tired of hearing this. This was MAYBE true for Win95/98. It's simply no longer true, and likely never was. (Try putting your average user in front of a prompt asking them how they want to partition. LVMwhat? Encrypted? Manual mode?)

For the record, I've been using Linux since 1999 and FreeBSD since first computer was an Amiga. I'm a developer and have developed for both *NIX and Win32, as well as web apps. I'm hardly an MS fanboi.

Come on man, come up with a new meme. Folks around here are beginning to look like caricatures of themselves.

more than 3 years ago

The best flamewar?

geekopus Re:missing options (937 comments)

Do Balrogs have wings or not?

That's some old-school nerdery right there.........

more than 7 years ago


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